I read a terrific piece on slate.com today on “The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See.”

“This is a masterful map. And the secret is in its careful attention to design…[Imus] used a computer (not a pencil and paper), but absolutely nothing was left to computer-assisted happenstance. Imus spent eons tweaking label positions. Slaving over font types, kerning, letter thicknesses. Scrutinizing levels of blackness. It’s the kind of personal cartographic touch you might only find these days on the hand-illustrated ski-trail maps available at posh mountain resorts.”

Nice, too, that the detailed area shown is of my hometown.

The full article is here.